As we transition from the life of Jacob to Joseph – I thought a few implications might be helpful to some of you.
One implication to this story involves the consequence of sin. The sin of deceit. Jacob deceived his father Isaac back in Genesis 27 with the skin of a goat. Now, he is himself deceived by his sons with the blood of a goat. Although Joseph is alive, Jacob will suffer the loss of a child and the pain and grief that goes with it.
Also, remember Rebekah would not see her son Jacob again. She would die before his return. The deceit she “cooked” up with her son would cost her dearly as well.
As the story of Joseph unfolds much like the story of Job, we are reminded that the apparent hiddenness of God does not mean He is absent or uncaring. Our “Big” God is in control even when we cannot see it.
The promised Messiah will come through the line of Jacob, the nation of Israel. God is moving His people to Egypt and the story of Joseph helps us to see how they get there. In the book of Exodus, coming soon, we will fast-forward 400 years, to witness their exodus from Egypt.
Another observation and implication some may not see is the reference to Dothan. Joseph is betrayed by his brothers at Dothan and sold into slavery. Hundreds of years later, in Dothan, a story unfolds of our mighty and “Big” God at work.
Often times our fears and anxiety are the result of spiritual blindness – we just do not see God’s hand. In 2 Kings 6, (read it and we will give you extra credit) we read the great story of Elisha and the famous chariots of fire. The servant of Elisha awakens one morning and sees the mighty Syrian Army surrounding the city. They have come to capture Elisha. His servant, like many of us at times, does not see the mighty hand of God at work.
He cries out to Elisha, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
He does not see with his physical eyes what Elisha sees – the invisible world, God’s mighty hand – horses with chariots of fire. It is only after Elisha prays that the servant can see them.
Hmmm… only after prayer…
Until next time – keep reading…